Science Quotes

“Everything that I know about the world, even through science, I know from a perspective that is my own or from an experience of the world without which scientific symbols would be meaningless. The entire universe of science is constructed upon the lived world, and if we wish to think science rigorously, to appreciate precisely its sense and its scope, we must first awaken that experience of the world of which science is the second-order expression. Science neither has, nor ever will have the same ontological sense as the perceived world for the simple reason that science is a determination or an explanation of that world. … Scientific perspectives … always imply, without mentioning it, that other perspective – the perspective of consciousness – by which a world first arranges itself around me and begins to exist for me. To return to the things themselves is to return to this world prior to knowledge, this world of which knowledge always speaks, and this world with regard to which every scientific determination is abstract, signitive, and dependent, just like geography with regard to the landscape where we first learned what a forest, a meadow, or a river is.” ― Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception
“He pointed to another number, changing as rapidly as the first, but on a lower trajectory; it rose to a high of 8.79 rem per hour. Several lifetimes of dentists’ X-rays, to be sure; but the radiation outside the storm shelter would have been a lethal dose, so they were getting off lightly. Still, the amount flying through the rest of the ship! Billions of particles were penetrating the ship and colliding with the atoms of water and metal they were huddled behind; hundreds of millions were flying between these atoms and then through the atoms of their bodies, touching nothing, as if they were no more than ghosts. Still, thousands were striking atoms of flesh and bone. Most of those collisions were harmless; but in all those thousands, there were in all probability one or two (or three?) in which a chromosome strand was taking a hit, and kinking in the wrong way: and there it was. Tumor initiation, begun with just that typo in the book of the self. And years later, unless the victim’s DNA luckily repaired itself, the tumor promotion that was a more or less unavoidable part of living would have its effect, and there would appear a bloom of Something Else inside: cancer. Leukemia, most likely; and, most likely, death.” ― Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars
“It is possible to invent a single machine which can be used to compute any computable sequence.” ― Alan Turing
“I now suspect that just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of its deer. And perhaps with better cause, for while a buck pulled down by wolves can be replaced in two or three years, a range pulled down by too many deer may fail for replacement in as many decades” ― Aldo Leopond
“Nie potrafię zrozumieć, czemu marnujemy czas dyskutując o religii. O ile jesteśmy uczciwi, a naukowcy powinni być tacy, musimy przyznać, że religia jest zbieraniną fałszywych stwierdzeń, bez żadnych podstaw w rzeczywistości. Sama idea Boga, to wytwór ludzkiej wyobraźni. To zupełnie zrozumiałe, dlaczego pierwotni ludzie, którzy o wiele bardziej byli narażeni na łaskę i niełaskę sił przyrody, niż my dzisiaj, personifikowali te siły w strachu i z drżeniem. Ale dziś, gdy już zrozumieliśmy tak wiele naturalnych procesów w przyrodzie, nie mamy takiej potrzeby. Nie mogę dostrzec, za żadne skarby świata, jak Wszechmogący Bóg pomaga nam w jakikolwiek sposób. To, co widzę – że to założenie prowadzi do tak bezproduktywnych pytań – dlaczego Bóg pozwala na tak wiele nieszczęść i niesprawiedliwości, wyzysku biednych przez bogatych i wszystkich innych okropności. Mógł temu zapobiec. Jeśli religia jest ciągle nauczana, to bynajmniej nie z powodu, iżby jej idee wciąż nas przekonywały. Lecz po prostu dlatego, że niektórzy z nas chcą zapewnić spokój klas niższych. Spokojnymi ludźmi jest o wiele łatwiej rządzić niż krzykliwymi i niezadowolonymi. Jest też znacznie łatwiej ich eksploatować. Religia to rodzaj opium dla ludu, które pozwala uśpić ludzi w pobożnych marzeniach i skłonić aby zapomnieli o krzywdach, jakie są im wyrządzane. Stąd wynika sojusz owych dwu wielkich potęg politycznych, państwa i Kościoła. Państwo i Kościół potrzebują iluzji, że dobry Bóg nagrodzi ludzi w niebie, nie na ziemi – tych wszystkich którzy godzą się na niesprawiedliwości, którzy wypełniają swoje obowiązki cicho i bez narzekania. Dlatego właśnie uczciwe stwierdzenie, że Bóg jest tylko wytworem ludzkiej wyobraźni, nazywane jest przez Kościół najgorszym ze wszystkich grzechów śmiertelnych.” ― Paul Dirac
“We think we know that chimpanzees are higher animals and earthworms are lower, we think we’ve always known what that means, and we think evolution makes it even clearer. But it doesn’t. It is by no means clear that it means anything at all. Or if it means anything, it means so many different things to be misleading, even pernicious.” ― Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
“It is a slightly arresting notion that if you were to pick yourself apart with tweezers, one atom at a time, you would produce a mound of fine atomic dust, none of which had ever been alive but all of which had once been you.” ― Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything
“Who has made this rainbow, moreover with all its seven colours? There is no authority that is the creator. In fact, all this comes together as a result of ‘scientific circumstantial evidences’; it is a natural occurrence. Even a million years ago, it had seven colours, and at present too, it has seven colours. No other changes have occurred.” ― Dada Bhagwan, Aptavani-2
“The science of a religious man must be scientific; the religion of a scientific man must be religious.” ― Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
“Islam expect every Muslim to do this duty, and if we realise our responsibility time will come soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.” ― Muhammad Ali Jinnah